Plymouth City Council’s Fostering Team is ready to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight this week.
Foster Care Fortnight (9 to 22 May) is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness-raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, the Fostering Network.
Established in 1997, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers. Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children, with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
This year’s theme is #FosteringCommunities to celebrate the strength and resilience of fostering communities and all they do to ensure children are cared for and supported to thrive.
Quote from CL
“We went through the assessment process during some of the COVID restrictions. But that didn’t stop the fostering service! Meetings and training were adapted and still went ahead on video calls and phone calls. We had the most amazing assessor who took us through every step of the process and answered all our questions and worries without delay! Training also meant that we could meet other potential foster carers going through the same thing as us, which gave us even more support – and are still our friends to this day!
Since qualifying our supervising social worker has been there for us every step of the way. And has supported us through all the ups and downs of our first placement. Always there for the whole family when we need support or advice. During the school holidays, there are often events and days out organised by the social committee. This, again, gives us a chance to meet other foster carers and make connections with others within the fostering service.
Fostering is probably the most challenging thing we have ever done – BUT, more importantly, it is the most rewarding thing we have ever done!”
The foster for Plymouth team will be walking around the city centre daily between the 9th of May and the 20th of May to meet and speak to members of the public about fostering for the Local Authority and what they have to offer. The recruitment advisor will be on hand to answer any phone calls that are made offering advice and to support anyone wanting to proceed with becoming a foster carer.
As part of Foster Care Fortnight the Foster for Plymouth team will be sharing stories from across our #FosteringCommunities our social media channels as well as hosting lots of information sessions for people to find out more. To find out more contact the recruitment advisor on 01752 308762